HPEB00022U The interaction of nomadic groups and sedentary societies in Central Asia in a historical perspective

Volume 2015/2016

Mellemøstens sprog og samfund med specialisering i de centrale fag Arabisk, Assyriologi, Hebraisk, Nærorientalsk arkæologi, Persisk, Tyrkisk og Ægyptologi, 2010-ordningen eller

Studieordning for tilvalget på bachelorniveau i Centralasien- og Afghanistan, 2013


Nomadism is an umbrella term for diverse lifeways which can only be understood within the context of continuous interaction with various forms of sedentary lifestyle. Much of Central Asian history can be viewed in terms of encounters between sedentary agricultural societies and the horse-riding nomads of the steppe. The relationship between the steppe and the sown has often been summerized as an oscillation between trade and raid or as an inevitable symbiosis; it has developed distinct styles of representation.

Throughout the course the concept of nomadic pastoralism will be problematized and deconstructed; Central Asian nomadism will be situated within the wider Eurasian context, ecologically, sociologically and politically; the changing significance of nomadic pastoralism in pre-modern and modern times will be investigated.

Learning Outcome

BA 2010-ordning:
Udvalg tema om Tyrkiet og/eller den tyrkisk sprogede verden) (fagelementkode HTRB01301E)  

BA Tilvalgsordning 2013:

Tematisk emne (Fagelementkode, HPEB10111E)

Analytisk emne (Fagelementkode, HPEB10121E)

Frit emne (Fagelementkode, HPEB10131E)

List of readings are uploaded on Absalon.

Lectures, discussions, presentations
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 74
  • Guidance
  • 10
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 300,5
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment